Charitable Trust Brings Seasonal Sparkle to Leicester Good Causes

Star Trust committee member Janine Edwards A glittering fundraising evening held in Leicester by a charitable trust has raised in excess of £37,000 for local good causes. 

Three Leicester charities will benefit from the monies raised by business leaders and entrepreneurs at the Star Trust’s inaugural “Frost Me” dinner, held at the new Lumbers flagship store in the city on Thursday 3rd December. 

The Star Trust’s donation of almost £8,000 to The Y in Leicester is entirely funding the charity’s Cold Weather Café which will provide hot cooked breakfasts and support to the city’s homeless this winter. 

Until the start of December no funding had yet been secured for the project which normally starts on 1st December each year – the Trust’s intervention has enabled The Y to provide vital shelter and warm food to vulnerable people over what is predicted to be a harsh winter. 

Whetstone-based Bodie Hodges Foundation which supports bereaved families following the loss of a child will receive £10,000 to provide Grief Boxes for every child that visits the charity’s holiday lodge for bereaved families. The funds will also set up a travel bursary that would enable families in financial difficulty, often caused by the loss of a child, to apply for travel expenses. 

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) will receive over £1,000 to fully fund a Member’s Day at the National Space Centre in Leicester. The day will provide a safe, enjoyable environment for children suffering from this rare condition to meet others who are experiencing the same challenges fighting Retinoblastoma. Parents will also be able to receive valuable support and advice from peers and specialist CHECT support staff. 

Janine Edwards, committee member at Star Trust said: “This inaugural Frost Me event has been a truly spectacular evening, delivering the premium quality event and exceptional fundraising totals with which the Star Trust has become synonymous. 

“The funds raised at this event will have an immediate impact on the lives of people in our local communities. As always, our supporters have dug deep in aid of these very worthy causes, and it’s an honour for the Trust to be able to make a very real difference to those in need across the county. 

“Star Trust is committed to supporting small charities who can struggle to raise the funds they so badly need, and we would urge any small, East Midlands-based charity that is seeking funds for a specific project to get in touch so that we can lend our support.” 

Charities interested in applying to the Star Trust should visit www.star-trust.org.uk for further information. 

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